The Levant Trade in the Eighteenth Century
The mercantile career of the Radcliffe family embraced the period of the decline of English trade with the Levant. Though the trade was already past its heyday in 1707 when Edward Radcliffe went out to Aleppo, this fact was not apparent. Many more years remained of large trade and, probably, of good profits, and of the association of wealthy and respected merchant families with the trade. The Radcliffes, however, were among the last newcomers to establish themselves successfully on a great scale, and when the last of them, young John Radcliffe, left Aleppo in 1760 the trade was far down the hill in decline, and its reputation as a source of great merchant fortunes was dying. This decline was due to influences beyond the control of the merchants engaged in the trade or of the Levant Company.
KeywordsEighteenth Century East India Company English Cloth Levant Good English Trade
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